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Dudley Do-Right
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Hugh Wilson
Produced by
  • John Davis
  • J. Todd Harris
  • Joseph M. Singer
Screenplay by Hugh Wilson
Starring
Music by Steve Dorff
Cinematography Donald E. Thorin
Editing by Don Brochu
Studio
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) August 27, 1999 (1999-08-27)
Running time 77 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $70 million
Money made $10 million

Dudley Do-Right is a 1999 American comedy film written and directed by Hugh Wilson, based on Jay Ward's Dudley Do-Right, produced by Davis Entertainment for Universal Studios. The film stars Brendan Fraser as the cartoon's titular Mountie with supporting roles from Sarah Jessica Parker, Alfred Molina, and Eric Idle.

Plot

The story begins with three children and a horse. These are young versions of Dudley Do-Right, Nell Fenwick, Snidely Whiplash, and Horse. The three talk of their aspirations; Dudley believes he is destined to be a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer (Mountie) while Nell wishes to see the world. Snidely, however, wishes to be the "bad guy" and travel around the world.

Several years later, all three have fulfilled their supposed destinies. Dudley is now a Mountie (but always sticks to the rules and is frequently oblivious to even the most obvious of things), and Snidely has become an infamous bank robber. After Snidely and his gang rob a bank of its money and gold, Snidely tricks his entire gang into believing he has fled with all the gold to the Sudan and going on a wild goose chase after him. Snidely subsequently salts the stolen gold and spreads it in the lakes. Dudley catches him the act, but Snidely fools him into thinking he is vampire hunting, and uses a similar tactic to scare Horse off. Not long after, Nell returns from her world tour and reunites with Dudley. The two attend a festival at the nearby Kumquat tribe.

Meanwhile, Prospector Kim J. Darling (Eric Idle), the poorest man in Semi-Happy Valley, stumbles across the gold in the river and is made into a media sensation by Snidely. The subsequent gold rush boosts Snidely's popularity and, after foreclosing many local mortgages, he quickly takes control of the town, renaming it "Whiplash City". Eventually, Snidely's men return from the Sudan to kill him for his deceit, but Snidely convinces them otherwise by offering them lives of luxury in his new town. Dudley becomes convinced that Snidely is up to something and confronts him, but Snidely laughs him off and snatches Nell from him. Snidely sends his second in command, Homer (Jack Kehler), to assassinate Dudley with a bomb, but Dudley is absent when the bomb goes off. Nell's father Inspector Fenwick (Robert Prosky), who is in good favor with Snidely, discovers Dudley's feud with Snidely and discharges Dudley from the Mounties. Dudley falls into a depression and wanders across the town until he runs into a drunken Kim, who offers him shelter at his cave in the woods. Darling tells Dudley of Snidely's plans and newfound popularity and takes him to see a Gala Ball in Snidely's honor. Despite Kim's warning not to challenge Snidely due to his loss of favor, Dudley comically attempts to take Nell back from Snidely, but loses pathetically.

Feeling sympathy for Dudley, Kim decides to put him through a very harsh training regimen to make him a more formidable opponent and take back Semi-Valley from Snidely. Dudley's first act is to intimidate one of Snidely's men into telling him the next gold shipment. Dudley sabotages the shipment and leaves his mark on Snidely's workshop as well as his favorite golf course. Snidely, unaware that Dudley lost his job, is offended by this and more so with his men's incompetence to stop him, believing Dudley is enjoying the perks of being the villain. Eventually, Kim leaves to find his family and parts ways with Dudley thanking him for his friendship. Dudley then uses his new training to win Nell back from Snidely, who swears revenge. At a nighttime town meeting, Snidely attempts to rally the people against Dudley, but it falls on deaf ears. The populace have grown weary of Snidely and shows more respect for Dudley in his efforts to retake their town. Snidely ultimately discovers that Dudley and Nell are at another festival with the Kumquat tribe and leads a full-scale attack on them. The Kumquats flee for their lives until Horse reappears and helps Dudley sabotage Snidely's tanks by making Snidely and Homer accidentally shoot each other. A cavalry of Mounties appears and arrests Snidely and his men. Kim also arrives with his wife, the Prime Minister of Canada (Jessica Schreier) and is reunited with Dudley, revealing that they called out the cavalry. Inspector Fenwick reinstates Dudley in the Mounties.

The final scene shows Dudley and Nell living together in Dudley's rebuilt house. They share a kiss as the film closes.

Cast

  • Brendan Fraser as Dudley Do-Right, the somewhat dim member of the Canadian mounted police.
    • Dyllan Christopher as Young Dudley
  • Sarah Jessica Parker as Nell Fenwick, Dudley's love interest and Inspector Fenwick's daughter.
    • Ashley Yarman as Young Nell
  • Alfred Molina as Snidely Whiplash, Dudley's arch-rival.
    • Jeremy Bergman as Young Snidely.
  • Eric Idle as Prospector Kim J. Darling
  • Corey Burton as the Narrator
  • Robert Prosky as Inspector Fenwick
  • Alex Rocco as Kumquat Chief
  • Jack Kehler as Homer, Snidely's feeble minded second in command
    • Kehler is erroneously listed in the end credits as "Howard"
  • Jed Rees as Lavar, one of Snidely's henchmen.
  • C. Ernst Harth as Shane, one of Snidely's henchmen.
  • Regis Philbin as himself
  • Kathie Lee Gifford as herself
  • Michael Chambers as a Dancer
  • Anne Fletcher as a Dancer
  • Don Yesso as Kenneth
  • Jessica Schreier as Mrs. Darling
  • Louis Mustillo as Standing Room Only
  • Kevin Blatch as Townsperson
  • Ernie Grunwald as Customs Officer
  • Gerard Plunkett as Spinworthy
  • Michal Suchánek as Ten-Year-Old Boy
  • Brent Butt as A Bad Guy In Back
  • David Fredericks as Yet Another Bad Guy
  • Kevin Mundy as Mr. Darling
  • Adrian Armas as Dancer
  • Scott Fowler as Dancer
  • Amber Funk as Dancer
  • Lisa Ratzin as Dancer
  • Artine Tony Browne as Bad Guy
  • Robin Mossley as In The Way Back
  • Gerald Scarr as Death Row Guard

Production

The film was shot on-site in Vancouver, British Columbia and Santa Clarita, California.

Dudley Do-Right was Fraser's second film based on a Jay Ward cartoon, 1997's George of the Jungle being the first. Despite the different studios producing each film (George of the Jungle was adapted by Disney), advertising for the Dudley Do-Right film made open reference to this coincidence: "From the creator of George of the Jungle…and the star of George of the Jungle…and the acclaimed director who saw George of the Jungle…"

Home media

Dudley Do-Right was released on VHS and DVD on December 28, 1999, and on Blu-ray on October 8, 2019.

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